The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)


Read this short passage on the history of the OECD

  • Notice why it was formed and its European roots.

Look at the ‘Members and partners’ and ‘What we do and how?’ pages on the OECD website (use the tabs on the left to navigate).

  • Who is in the OECD?
  • Who wants to join?
  • What does the OECD do?

Chile recently joined the OECD in 2010.

Click on the link and watch the video of former Chilean Finance Minister Andrés Velasco

  • What does the Finance Minister think the benefits of joining the OECD will be?


Is the OECD a ‘European’ Organisation?

No, but as you have seen it includes a preponderant number of European states and its history lies in post Second World War Europe and the Marshall Plan.


Breakdown of the 30 OECD members

Most of the applicant countries and partners of the OECD are non-European states and the focus of the organisation is today very much global.

Read more about OECD enlargement.

See more of how the OECD cooperates with non-OECD partner countries.